First, a quick blog status update. Due to an incredible number of commitments in the last year, I haven't spent any time designing or getting patterns up in the shop. Like many people, though, I find myself right now with an abundance of time and a quickly dwindling list of household projects, so I updated my patterning program and spent some of my free time drafting some new blocks.
I have laid out a master plan for previously released blocks I would like to get into the shop and new blocks I will be launching from now through December, with a potential to add more blocks in between if I'm feeling zippy. I will be adding patterns to the shop for purchase, but I know people are having to count pennies right now so I have plenty of freebies coming up. In fact, an Easter freebie will launch on Monday and a Mother's Day freebie has already been developed, so keep an eye out for those! You are always welcome to make and sell items with my patterns, so I hope this helps someone out.
For today's block, Bavaria has truly felt like a second home to us and I wanted to honor that by making Germany the first country in the International Collection. For all map blocks, I have had to balance geographical accuracy with ease of piecing, so the general map shape looks correct but it is not exact. This particular pattern was developed as a 12" block because of the complexity, and would do well as an enlarged pattern as well. This will go up in the shop as a paid pattern once it has been tested.
Though this block features the German flag colors as a fun addition, it could also be pieced in a single color and assembled in the exact same way.
If you are interested in serving as a tester for this piece or future pieces, or if you have ideas for other countries and states you would like to see designs for, leave a comment or drop me a line!